Manx Cat Breed Information





Manx Cats originated from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, off the coast of Great Britain. This breed is known for not having a tail. This is the most obvious characteristic of this breed. They tend to look round, round bodied, round-eyed, round-rump, round-headed, and even round-pawed. They also tend to mature very slowly and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

The coat of a Manx is thick, double coated, and looks padded. The hair is soft underneath and a glossier topcoat on top. They need to be brush at least once a week to keep the coat glossy and shiny.

The body is solid and compact with a short back. Their legs are relatively short but powerful. Head is large and round with medium length nose. Ears are widely spaced and set slightly outward. They tend to weigh about 8-12 lb (3.5-5.5kg).

This breed has a lifespan of up to 15 years of age but some can live up to 20 years with proper care and nutrition.

There are a few different types of Manx Cats. The Manx that doesn't have tails, just a dimple at the base of the spine is called, “ Rumpies.” The ones with short tails are called, “ Stumpies.” The ones with almost a natural tail but maybe kinked, is called, “ Tailies.” The last two types of cats make great pets with friendly personalities. Rumpies are usually used as show cats.

When the Manx is running or on the move, it looks very similar to a rabbit on the move. This breed loves attention and doesn’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They desire time and companionship.


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